Frenzied, Angry Mob Turns on Reporters in a Dangerous Physical Altercation #Throwback Thursday
This week at Donald Trump's rally, Jim Acosta specifically and CNN generally were the subject of an angry display by Trump supporters who shouted, cursed, and made insulting gestures, mocking the network and its reporters, as well as the press in general.
The press are the enemy of the people, says the president. Despite an attempted narrowing of that broad indictment this afternoon, it is a given in MAGA circles that the press are the enemy of America and of Trump. Or the enemy of America because they are the enemy of Trump. That line is pretty blurry.
Nevertheless, it's obvious that the already near-peak resentment among the Trump base of the hated MSM is reaching new highs lately, and the president likes and encourages that hatred. It's all the easier to get his spin and lies accepted as truth and transparency if the masses are trained to believe no one but you. It's dangerous, that's for sure.
But yelling at the press is not unique or new in American politics, and in fact, compared to the past, this week's display of displeasure for Acosta and co. was positively mild.
Let's go on a Throwback Thursday trip to 2008. This is video I captured myself during the Recreate 68 protest march at the DNC in Denver. (Language Warning)
That is a Fox News crew covering the protest. I was watching as the crowd figured out who they were and went from zero to zeroing-in in a matter of minutes. At the center are reporter Griff Jenkins and his camera crew. The guy holding the camera had it shoved forcefully into his face, leaving a bleeding wound on his nose. It was an ugly scene.
But you may not remember it. No president was asked about it. No Democrat candidate was made to disown it. It didn't get much press. Not like this week's mob.
Here's another one. (More language warning.)